Pool Intervals

Well, since chatting with you all last, the rest of today can be summed up rather easily. Let’s see…

First, I headed out and completed some “intervals” at the pool; and by “intervals,” I mean:

-Read one chapter in my book while sweating my face off…


-Spend 10 minutes lounging on my pretty pink float to cool off.

These intervals were completed for about 3 chapters before finally just deciding to stay on the float. It was just too darn hot out there to not be in the water (which is 86 degrees as it is- bath water!)

Also, in the midst of my intervals, my new favorite smoothie was consumed. But since it was totally way too much effort at this point to go looking for my camera, I’ll give you all another recycled photo.


Once pool time was over, I came back inside, showered, and ended up unexpectedly napping on the couch for a good 45 minutes. I don’t know whether it was a combo of the heat + water, or maybe I’m just still feeling super relaxed from this morning. Either way, my nap was lovely.

I awoke, however, to a grumbling belly and a hubby with a grumbling belly, and needed to figure out something quick to make for dinner.

Noooooo problemo. Especially when I have a box of Annie’s Shells & White Cheddar lying around!


I went ahead and created another version of the 20 Minute Mac & Cheese…Your My Way. Today’s batch included:

  • 1 can chunk chicken
  • 3/4 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 diced zucchini (which I sautéed up with a little EVOO, salt, & pepper while the shells were cooking)
  • Fresh basil
  • Salt & pepper


I just love how easy it is to take a simple box of mac & cheese and “doctor it up” to our liking. Plus, by adding all the extra “bulk,” we’ve got plenty of leftovers, too.


In keeping with my lazy theme for the day, dinner was enjoyed on the couch. Some days just call for an easy peasy, cozy dinner on the couch.


Now, I’m currently trying to convince hubby to end our day on the right note with a little 16 Handles. I mayyyyy be making progress…but don’t worry, I’ll let you know if I do.

Questions for the Evening:

Would you rather be IN the pool -OR- lounging NEXT to the pool?

What are your best strategies when trying to convince your S.O. (or anyone) to go get fro yo with you? Smile


  1. says

    during this heat in austin, tx!?! definitively in the pool! lol 😛

    i can almost never convince the “S.O.” to get fro-yo! can’t wait to read the suggestions in the comments!

  2. Kathryn says

    Definitely in the pool! We don’t have a froyo pace near us, but it’s always easy to convince my hubby to enjoy ice cream.

  3. says

    Please let us know how that book is! I love Emily Giffin and haven’t read that one yet. I would much rather being lounging in a raft in the pool. And if I mention fro yo to my hubby, he’s in, he loves the stuff!

  4. briana says

    I usually just say we are close to the fro yo place lets stop! I am enjoying a small dinner and a large cup of angel food cake and butter brickle fro yo! :)

  5. says

    I’d so rather be in the pool than out of it… I grew up in Phoenix, AZ, so I bet you can assume why! But really, any time I’m near water is a good time!

    I love that posted this question about fro-yo, because it’s my and my boyfriend’s FAVORITE thing to “convince” each other to go get. Usually, we’re always down for fro-yo with little “convincing”, but if one of us isn’t really feeling it (we’re hot, tired, dirty-looking (usually me haha), or don’t want to ‘waste’ the gas (his excuse)), we offer to drive or offer to pay. In those cases, if I don’t feel like going, he’ll say “I’ll pay for it!” and I’m like… okay sweet! If he doesn’t want to go, I offer to drive, and that usually seals the deal. But as you can see, it’s pretty easy to convince each other to go.. soo delicious!

  6. Elizabeth R. says

    I just finished that book last week. I started to really get into it about halfway through and I really liked it!

  7. says

    i like those pools that are super shallow so you can lay out and be outside, but inside the pool…lol.

    i beg. i whine. i negotiate. i love fro yo!

  8. says

    I have been craving some mac n cheese for awhile.. love the way you doctor it up! Luckily the boyfriend enjoys fro yo :) all I have to do is tell him he’s in charge of crafting our dessert, and he never passes up the opportunity.

  9. says

    I tell him he can get Taco Bell (which is right next door to Kiwi Frozen Yogurt) while I eat my treat. I don’t like Taco Bell that much so we never go…..he LOVES it. Win~Win!

  10. Nancy says

    Ooooo if there was a pool around me, I’d be in it. Unfortunately there’s no one I know around here with on haha….I’m on my way 😉

  11. says

    I’m definitely an “interval” pool person myself. I lay next to the pool reading, but I have to get in to cool off pretty often. :)

    The only froyo place near me is 30 mins away. So I strongly hint to my boyfriend that I’d loveee a date night at a restaurant in that city then conveniently get a hankering for dessert . :)

  12. says

    Much rather be in the pool!
    I have been studying all summer so my strategy to convince my bf to go for fro-yo is to make it seem like the greatest study break ever. He is more than happy to insert that bit of joy into my days. Definitely a keeper!

  13. says

    Ah man, I would love love to have the all elusive strategy to get my hubby to get fro yo with me….can’t we all have sweets loving hubby’s like Julie’s from PBF??!! 😉

    Can’t wait to hear all the suggestions because I need ’em too! :)

  14. says

    Either or works for me, beside or in the pool :) I make a similar supper often that I call gourmet Mac and Cheese, but add tuna versus chicken and then the veggies like you! Soo good!

  15. says

    I have read all of Emily Griffin’s books. They are perfect poolside books! I love Janet Evanovich also, she writes a series about a female bounty hunter named Stephanie Plum, and they are hilarious. The Hunger Games series is also great! I read each of those books in a day!

  16. Pamela says

    Courtney! Your post inspired me to try the Mac & Cheese. I made it with white cheddar shells, chunk tuna, peas, and diced tomatoes. Delicious and easy! I’m enjoying the leftovers now. Thanks for the idea!


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